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Baby TreeBaby Tree

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Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baby Tree was our first Easter beer. We LOVE Easter here at Pretty Things. Usually after the long Boston winter, we’re itching to bring out the bunnies, bonnets and yellow fluffy chicks and get on with our Springtime.

The Baby Tree is a real tree. This must be said. It dwells in Sexhow and carries cavorting baby-dolls and in season, a few pears appear. It belongs to great friends of Dann & Martha, and they chose to rescue these small plastic people from a landfill-fate by allowing them to ride in their pear-tree many years ago. And thank heavens they did.

Our Baby Tree is a very magical, traveling tree filled with waving, happy babies, some of whom may or may not resemble Mikheil Gorbachev. There may also be some discrepancy in the number of limbs, but we cannot be sure where other baby heads may be poking through the leaves so we don’t worry ourselves about it. If you want, read our poem about it.

Baby Tree beer is a Pretty Things take on the best of Abbey-style brewing from Belgium. Inspired by monastic and abbey quadruples, embellished with dark fruit flavours, not too sweet, not too heavy, it’s a springtime beer with some of the richness of late winter. It makes it perfect year round, so that’s when we offer it! You should be able to find it most months of the year, on draft or in bottle.

All in all, it’s our way of bringing a bit of Springtime to you and to us, all year round. Hooray!

Added by twelvsies on 04-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark cloudy amber/brown. Head dissipates quickly. Slight alcohol smell but true to this style. Strong beer, but not over-powering. Still a beer to have one of for the night and move onto something else. Taste is sweet - Belgian candy or brown sugar.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Deep reddish/copper with ruby red highlights. Moderate carbonation. Excellent clarity.

N: Cherry pit, fig, candy sugar and concord grape.

T: Big flavors from dark fruits ranging from cherry, concord grape, figs and dates. This is backed by molasses and dark candy sugars. Belgian yeast characters are present bringing in some subtle barnyard and dried hay.

M: Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth and warming.

O: This is a very nice American brewed Quad. Big, sweet and slightly warming yet drinks incredibly smooth with a well masked abv.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light half finger coating across the surface of a dark tan color, mostly mid-sized bubbles, average retention, nothing unique either way, the lacing is basically a thin solid sheet which glides down the glass sides. The liquid is a dusky brown base, shifts into orange and yellow hues nearer the glass sides, actually notable for the lack of chunks floating about and general cleanliness, not many bubbles visible but when you swirl the glass it foams up again rapidly. The nose is dry and lean but not lacking, grass, yeast and packed dirt appear first, yielding to honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and orange peel, even as apricot, fig, date fruit appears never seems sweet, not getting a lot of spice scents, stays properly mannered and focused. Medium-bodied, very creamy and gently carbonated mouth texture which helps in distracting from the dryness, mouth almost gets parched as the glass gets drained. Again, not for any lack of chocolate, molasses, maple syrup, toffee or licorice flavors, even some coffee hard candy notes in there. Touch of ginger, the citrus element diminished. Fig, golden raisin, yellow apple, apricot fruit stays measured. Minimal traces of clove or banana, some yeastiness. Smooth, wears its alcohol level well, nothing to complain about.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from one of you generous fellows but I have forgotten who to thank so thank you all! Clear amber color, interesting wispy head that still laces the glass. Smells strong, alcohol, esters, a hint of apple, not bad. Taste is sort of ester, alcohol, fruit, and for a second I got a hint of chocolate which was cool. Overall not bad but not my favorite for the style. then again I don't usually seek out quads so what do I know?

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap @ the Fridge -thanks Erik! Enjoyed chilled in a Three Philosophers goblet.

The color is deep burgundy with translucent clarity and thin quickly falling cap of tight tan beads. The smell is vinous and slightly pruny with a hint of raisin and spice. The hint of woody aroma from the hops comes out as it warms with a mild alcohol ester. The feel is good -substantial body with moderate sweetness and slightly spicy and bitter balance with tinges of warming alcohol in the finish.

I like the way the malt and yeast bring forward some toast and slightly dried fruit flavors together with a pine/herbal hop flavor. There is a slight currant/vinous tinge with a mellow element of raisin and fragrant wood accent with some mild sugar and alcohol in the background with spice and other hop flavors appearing mid-taste. I like the flavor and it is pretty drinkable for the strength-not the best quad I ever tried, but certainly high in drinkability-welll worth trying.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DrewShal9 for this!
22 oz bottle, July 2011, poured into a Chimay glass

A- A deep clear ruby red with a small off white head.

S- Dark fruits, plums, figs, yeast, spices, hints of chocolate, very enjoyable.

T- Lots of dark fruits, plums, hint of cherries, some chocolate, a good amount of earthy spices in the finish, pretty well balanced.

M- Smooth, medium body, a little creamy.

O- A solid Quad that I am very happy the I got to try. I have not had too many American Quads, but right now this is my favorite. This is only my second beer from Pretty Things and can't wait to try.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

May 2011 batch

A: pours a deep brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to about 1 cm
S: smells of dark fruit, plums and alcohol. very sweet with notes of caramel as well.
T: sweet caramel and dark fruit flavor kicks things off with flavors of alcohol soaked cherry and more fruitiness toward the end. a bit of candi sugar comes in as well. aftertaste is more candi sugar, dark fruit, and some somewhat medicinal spice that I can't quite place but plays very nicely, almost licorice like.
M: slightly prickly carbonation lends to a medium mouthfeel.
O: I can't help but want to keep smelling this beer and it tastes fantastic. Pretty Things is quickly becoming one of my favorite East Coast breweries.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep mahogany pour with about a finger of head which quickly diminished.

smells of dates, nutty, banana, a slight hint of alcohol comes through in the end.

sweet taste of brown sugar up front, followed immediately by a roasted nut/caramel flavor, raisins. very tasty!

medium body with slight creamy feel on lips, nicely carbonated throughout pour keeps it fizzy on palate/cheeks.

a very nice sipper! comes in a beautiful looking bottle, pours very nicely with a very reflective (in the light) deep shade of mahogany. smells and tastes wonderful with a nice even balance of fruits and nuts. a great beer by pretty things.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice tan head

S-malty. Nice cinnamon and peppercorn. Slightly roasted dark Belgian malts. Good scent

T-comes in with a great taste of dark roasted Belgian malts, dark fruits, and peppercorn. It's a great taste that forms a matching after-taste with a touch of bitterness. 

M-medium carbonation with a crisp finish. A little bit more smooth than I like my quads.

O-this is pretty impressive for an American quad. The flavors are all pretty decent and it's extremely drinkable. It does become less and less complex though not any less enjoyable. 

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Light, frothy head. The beer is dark mahogany, barely translucent.

S: Very yeasty! Light, Belgian, and spicy, if a bit grainy and muted. Smells more like a tripel than a quad.

T/M: Interesting! Lively yeast and very light body. This does not feel like a quad, but it tastes great. Dancing fruit (grape, plum, apple, banana) is full of depth and spice (clove, cardamon, cinnamon, administered with a light hand. A delicate, floral, yeast-forward 'quadrupel.'

O: An intriguing, engaging beer, and probably the best example of the style made in America that I've ever tasted. Highly recommended. Would drink again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tulip, the beer is a dark, vibrant, chestnut brown coloring with a thin, small bubbled, dense, beige head. Aromas are subtle, with some dark sweetness and earthy characteristics. Flavors are heavy in old world fruit sweetness, with raisin, date, and fig flavors giving a heavy, layered, and earthy tang for the backbone. Slightly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon characteristics, the beer has a solid, balanced, and smooth body. The aftertaste is rich and earthy, with a slight tropical fruit highlight. Smooth, rich, and roasted finish. This is a tasty, strong brew.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in an oversized wineglass. bottled june 2010 (batch six).

pours a deep mahogany tone with a fair amount of clarity to it; a solid finger of beige head that quickly dissipates into a collar around the glass... some lacing, though not to the level i generally look for in a quad.

nose is sweet, heavy with yeast and dark fruits; bready malts also evident... flavor profile follows through with a lot of bready/malty-ness; a bit bitter up front, followed by a fruity sweetness, then on to a dry, almost hoppy finish. noticeable plum presence. not bad; perhaps a little more bitter than i would prefer, but a nice take on the style.

medium bodied mouthfeel, a bit of chew; style-appropriate carbonation. pretty drinkable.

original review on: 10-11-2010

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Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium brown color with a peripheral ring of off-white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild, with suggestions of brown sugar and dried dark fruit, especially plum. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with vinous fruit, vanilla, and refined grain that is slightly spicy. Acidity is moderate for the style into the middle where flavors marry to suggest cola, benefiting from the residual sugar and spicy qualities. The finish is sparse and peppery, minimally bitter. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: More than the sum of its parts, this quadrupel is understated from start to finish but still manages to capture the essence of the style. The smell over-prepares the palate perhaps, coming across as traditional with plenty of fruit. Flavors are nuanced, but the most interesting elements are those that are buried under a layer of traditional fruit and malt, and not normally associated with the quad sensory profile: spice that is herbal and peppery.

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Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into chalice.

A - Dark ruby brown with a small creamy head. Hazy.

S - Plum, black cherry, belgian yeast. Sweet and inviting.

T - Sweet plum, raisin, bready malts, and peppery spice. Touches of brown sugar, wheat, and Belgian yeast come through. A light bitterness tends to creep in along with a hint of alcohol. Delicious.

M - Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Average carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A great take on a Belgian quad. Not the most complex quad available but very solid. Great flavor and drinkability. Amazing artwork.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coochy coochy coo. Who's a good beer? Who's a good beer? It's you, Baby Tree! Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Bottle "born on" July 2011, for what it's worth.

A: Poured with an inch and a half of eggshell-white head that dissipated over the course of several minutes. Baby Tree was born into the glass with a pretty teak sort of color and ruby highlights. Heavy lacing along the sides. Thin little island of foam in the middle of the glass after the head dissipated.

S: Big, bold nose of fruit and sweet candy/bubblegum fills the immediate area when poured. Bubblegum and booziness become bombastic as beer begins to warm to room temp. Smells much nice than either babies or trees.

T: Heady dark fruit. Sweet and brandy-like with a sort of wood rosin background, giving way to alcohol vapors and a medicinal taste.

M: Medium and a little syrupy but velvety smooth. At first it feels like it's going to cling to the insides of your mouth forever, but it only leaves a little substance behind, seeming to evaporate as it goes to college and never calls you except to ask for money.

O: A fantastic and pretty easy-drinking quadrupel that has confirmed to me that I love this style.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber enjoyed at a recent beer tasting - cheers Brad!

Poured into a wine glass. Amber tawny, nice haze, billowing head that recedes into a thick ring, good lacing. Nice looking quad.

Nose is Belgian yeast, citrus, plum, fig, chocolate. Lovely quad smell.

Decent quad, all the usual flavors are there with a bit more spice than I could detect in the nose. Enjoyed the fig-plum flavor. Lacking the depth of some of the monsters of the style, but still quite enjoyable.

Aggressive carbonation - might have been a bit hot - thinner bodied.

Worth checking out, certainly for the brewery's sake (and for the bottle artwork). While it's not the most complex quad this side of the Atlantic, it's certainly quite tasty.

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Photo of BenHesk12
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This belgian quad appears a fruity raisin brown and smells like a mild yeasty belgian ale with a hint of the dried plums. The name quadruple to me is a bit bold, this is a beer which hides its alcohol well and comes off as a tripel or double. The beer is full bodied with a very delicate mouthfeel which blends amazingly with the dried plum flavor. Baby Tree won't blow you away with intense hoppy or yeasty flavors but to me is a well balanced and enjoyable fruity belgian that I could recommend to anyone.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown in a tulip glass with no carbonation aside from the scant and quickly dissipating off-white head. There are slight rings of lacing and a nice viscous film.

There are prunes here but more notable is the roasted malt and caramelized sugar. Some yeasty pepper comes out with warmth.

Baby Tree alternates between bitter and sweet elements. Prunes and raisins can be found, though probably more raisins. The finish is long, lingering and malty.

A full-bodied and palate-coating beer that has a good amount of prickly carbonation. Alcohol plays a minor, but distinct, role. Ultimately the lips are left with a sticky presence.

Quite enjoyable, though better with food as it lacks the contemplative qualities I seek from a Quad.

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Photo of Rukasu
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--June 2011 bottle from DeVino's, Washington, DC--

A - Rusty red/brown when held to light, one finger creme colored head

S - Carmelized pit fruits--plum, apricot--bready, slightly metallic yeast, pine

T - Buttery biscuit, slightly metallic, smooth hops at just the right amount of bitterness. Dark brown sugar, coriander, pit fruits once again.

M - Smooth, soft mouthfeel, though a bit heavy in warmer temps like today, complex fruit and mild carbonation are a good combination.

O - Quality beer, though a bit sweet for me, the end of the bottle gets a bit cloying.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

June 2010 Batch 6 bottle. No clue on where this was stored, but was surprised to see this in a shop today.

A: Poured into Tulip glass a massive white head with heavy lacing. Dark raisin brown, relatively transparent through the glass.

S: Relatively uneventful aroma but basically unripened plum with doughy bready yeast scent. Some banana esters and some light clove.

T: There is definitely plenty of plum flavor in here, but there is also a slightly overbittered presence as well for a quad. Too much bittering hops I believe, but also perhaps due to using dried plums? jury still out on that one. There is a wheat grain taste here with a doughy yeast and enough malt in here to be quite sweet and well attenuated. The finish of this beer is smooth except for that lingering bitterness that just doesnt fit.

M: Medium mouthfeel for the style seems about right. The carbonation level is medium to high but also pretty good.

O: This has potential to be a better beer. For a quad , it is not bad, but there is a clear miss with the bitterness whether this was intended or not , I do not appreciate it.
Since this is old enough that there have been plenty of batches since this particular batch 6, I may just have to revisit this down the road to see how it has progressed with the dried plums no longer being put in.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured brown in color with light brown highlights that had a very thin head and practically left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: belgian yeast was coming thru on the nose at first with pear dark fruit character, maple and brown sugar notes.

T: the pear with dark fruit character was more prominent on the taste alongside maple, brown sugar notes a touch of spice and a tad of booze heat.

M: the brew was full to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had sweet, mild fruity,brlgian yeasty slight boozy, and sticky finish.

O: this brew was definitely a solid quad and was glad to have another good beer from pretty things.

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Photo of brureview
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at the Flatbread Company Somerville, MA.

This beer is shimmering with alcohol. Although I have sampled beers with slightly higher ABV, the alcohol stands out as a prominent characteristic of this quad.

The beer pours a good tea-brown color with a small head.

The smell of alcohol is immediately apparent, dominates the mouthfeel, and carries into the slightly bitter finish.

After the beer warms up, there is a hint of a deep lemon smell,
a piquant puckering mouthfeel as the finish opens.

This beer isn't for everyone- and it doesn't have the depth of other quads. However, it has an interesting alcohol signature. It's worth drinking on tap with cheese foods.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled June 2011. Batch 27. Thanks for this one, wyllder.

A: Pours a very dark raisin brown with a very large and thick light khaki colored head that took it’s time to fade into a thin collar that left a few thick streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Big peppery and spicy notes of Belgian yeast and spices, dark fruits, and a bit of sweet caramel and candy sugar. Smells like a good spicy quad.
T: Sweeter than the nose but still very spicy. Caramel and raisins dominate but the finish has notes of pepper, clove, cardamom, and faint cocoa. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with red fruit skins, but a lingering raisin/brown sugar sweetness overpowers it.
M: Frothy and fluffy carbonation bubbles up on my palate. The body is on the medium side of thick, and the mouthfeel is soft, slick and refreshing.
O: A bit on the sweet side but I was in a sweet mood. I thought this was a good beer that is super easy to drink and very smooth.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Appearance: Deep red/brown - starts off with a beige head, fades quickly - minimal lacing

Smell: Sweet, very Belgian - lots of clove, spicy Belgian yeast - cooked malts - with the sweetness, this kind of smells like a weird cookie or a sweet bread

Taste: As the aroma suggests, this is like a Belgian yeast cookie - maybe some shortbread - dark fruits, raisins, figs - sugar - Belgian yeast funk, cloves, phenols, slightly tart, definitely spicy, some booze

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, very smooth, lively carbonation

Overall: Weird but good, more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a Quad

This was sweet, fruity, spicy, and a little boozy. I guess it would get better with time. It was good fresh. I don't think this counts as a Quad, but I think I could try it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 2011 Bottle Date; Sampled September 2011
A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, somewhat concentrated amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, cranberry and amber hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of dark fruit reminding me of raisins, brandy soaked figs and perhaps some prune notes too. There is a softer spiciness to this beer that hints at woody, sort of musty black pepper, and some phenolic clove notes in the finish that mix in with the more apparent rich malt notes of brown sugar, ample brown-sugar-coated-toasted-brown-bread..

Not as sweet as I was expecting, it is actually even a touch savory, but still there is a nice fruitiness that reminds me of raisins, concentrated fruity plums and some chewy fig notes. There is a touch of tartness here, though nothing out of the ordinary, that accentuates the nice fruitiness. The middle has a nice toasted maltiness to it , though it is not as noticeable as it is in the aroma, but it still nice with notes of brown sugar, sweet rye bread, chewy malt. As the beer warms up some clove character comes out and boosts the perceived sweetness. There is a nice carbonation to this beer that adds a touch of peppery character to the finish, it helps to lighten the beer up just a touch, though this beer is note overly heavy (especially for a Quad), still there is a viscous quality to this beer, as it is most definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed over the course of an evening.

As with most beers of this type, when young it seems like it could use a bit more complexity (Westvleteren 12 definitely has this problem), but this one actually seems to work a little better at this young stage than many of them. It has a bit more complexity, though I get the feeling that a bit more edge will soften some of the fruitiness out and allow other notes to come forward, while likely boosting the complexity a bit.

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Baby Tree from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
3.86 out of 5 based on 820 ratings.
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